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Penguin Bloom (2021)

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Critic Consensus: Penguin Bloom's fact-based story could have been adapted with greater nuance, but strong work from Naomi Watts and Andrew Lincoln adds some much-needed heart.

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In 2013, Samantha Bloom (two-time Academy Award nominee Naomi Watts), her husband Cameron (The Walking Dead's Andrew Lincoln) and their three sons left their home in Australia for a holiday in Thailand. While enjoying a view, Sam fell off of a rooftop due to what was later determined to be a rotted railing... breaking her vertebrae in two places. Paralyzed from the chest down, Sam -- a lifelong outdoorswoman, surfer, and traveler -- was unrecognizable to herself, and spent long months in a depression that made her question who she could be in the world and in her own family. A year later, her children brought home a wounded baby magpie they found. Warily eyeing the black-and-white bird the kids affectionately named "Penguin," Sam bonded with the household's new member, beginning a process of emotional healing that surprised her husband and sons, her mother (Academy Award nominee Jacki Weaver), and herself. PENGUIN BLOOM tells the amazing true story of renewal that occurred when a woman whose life seemed shattered found hope and purpose in her family's love -- and in a bird on its own journey of recovery.

Cast

Rachel House
as Gaye Hatfield
Naomi Watts
as Sam Bloom
Andrew Lincoln
as Cameron Bloom
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Critic Reviews for Penguin Bloom

All Critics (84) | Top Critics (26)

There's a thin line between feel-good entertainment and hokum. While Penguin Bloom never quite slips into the latter, it comes awfully close.

February 5, 2021 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
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While it's all a bit on the nose, that nose will be running, and hankies coming.

January 29, 2021 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Watts is such a chameleon of an actress, such a pro at slipping into a vast array of roles without drawing attention to the mechanics of her work, that we almost take for granted how damn good she is - and she delivers beautiful and resonant work as Sam.

January 28, 2021 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

There is bloom for improvement.

January 28, 2021 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

You can see the strings all being enthusiastically pulled by screenwriters Harry Cripps and Shaun Grant - but the film's emotional manipulations work, even if they're obvious.

January 28, 2021 | Rating: 3/5

Penguin Bloom director Glendyn Ivin doesn't honey-coat the difficulties faced by Sam or her family, which is one of his film's virtues.

January 27, 2021 | Full Review…

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